Archive for March, 2007

Optimizing ReadyBoost

Systems with 2GB Memory or less will see an improvement with ReadyBoost. You should dedicate a (approved) USB Flash Drive and just leave it plugged in … in other words there is no need to use the “Safely Remove Hardware” icon in the system tray, even though it exists. This allows you to reboot or shut […]

HOSTS File Update 03-19-07

The MVPS HOSTS file was recently updated [03-19-07]http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.htm Download: hosts.zip (134 kb)http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.zip How To: Download and Extract the HOSTS filehttp://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts2.htm HOSTS File – Frequently Asked Questionshttp://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hostsfaq.htm Note: the “text” version makes a great resourcefor determining possible culprits … (556 kb)http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.txt Sign up for HOSTS file update noticeshttp://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.htm#contribute

Malicious Code Appears on Blogger.com

In a warning from Fortinet about malicious code being served up on several Google’s blogger sites, the story isn’t so much that it happens as much as the method being used (which Fortinet failed to mention). However a similar story at CNET – Phishers attack the green zones provides a better insight into the problem. […]

Editing the HOSTS file generates Event ID: 3004

When you edit the HOSTS file in Windows Vista, Windows Defender (real-time protection) will generate a warning in the Event Viewer about the change. This is normal as long as you really made the change/edit. The default setting in Windows Defender do not pop-up any kind of message, it just write the above every time […]

Dual-Boot Vista and XP = No System Restore!

The only drawback I’ve found is that XP automatically deletes the System Restore files in Windows Vista. There does not appear to be a feasable work-around … and yes I’ve even tried hiding the (Vista) drive using Tweak UI in Windows XP (doesn’t work) … So a word to the wise … prior to any major install […]

Windows Vista Firewall

Just “Google” Vista’s Firewall and you’ll find mostly negitive reviews … and for good reason. The “Inbound” component works much like the XP SP2 version, in that it passes the ShieldsUP test, however the “Outbound” component is de-activated. This means that all outbound traffic is permitted … ouch! Now you can activate the Outbound (block […]

HOSTS file update 03-03-07

The MVPS HOSTS file was recently updated [03-03-07]http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.htm Download: hosts.zip (134 kb)http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.zip How To: Download and Extract the HOSTS filehttp://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts2.htm HOSTS File – Frequently Asked Questionshttp://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hostsfaq.htm Note: the “text” version makes a great resourcefor determining possible culprits … (555 kb)http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.txt Sign up for HOSTS file update noticeshttp://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.htm#contribute